The Berlin Fashion Week has become an established event on the fashion calendar since it was founded in 2007. Respected labels like Dorothee Schumacher, Marccain and Laurèl are showing their collections this year. But Berlin has also been an international steppingstone for lots of young fashion designers, including Filippa K, Marina Hoermanseder, Lena Hoschek and Esther Perbandt. Here we reveal where the fashionistas, insiders, designers and models are celebrating, eating and sleeping from 18th to 22nd January.
Nobelhart & Schmutzig Multiple-award-winning “Sommelier of the Year” (Weinbar Rutz) Billy Wagner’s first restaurant only serves what can be found in or around Berlin. Olive oil, pepper, nutmeg and citrus fruits: look for them in vain on the menu, because they aren’t grown locally. Together with chef Micha Schäfer he follows the “nose to tail” approach.
Friedrichstrasse 218, www.nobelhartundschmutzig.com
KaDeWe Berlin’s fashion clique will also stop by KaDeWe. Until 20th February there is a pop-up store for German fashion design there with Lala Berlin, Mykita, Odeeh, Perret Schaad, and many more. A detour into the recently opened Sneaker Hall is also worth your while, by the way. Hip sneaker models by Adidas, Diesel Black Gold and Kenzo are given the perfect backdrop in the atrium on the first floor. Complete with a light installation by the architect’s studio Gonzalez Haase AAS.
Tauentzienstrasse 21–24, www.kadewe.de
Gogogi After two years spent planning in Seoul and one year organizing in Berlin, the Gogogi has finally opened its doors. Head chef and interior designer Jong Hwan Kim trained for it at the Korean Food Institute, sous-chef Mana Kim under a kimchi master. The result is a menu filled with authentic dishes taken straight from modern-day Seoul.
Weinbergsweg 24, www.gogogi.de
Amano Grand Central The best-case scenario: get off the train, drop off your suitcase and start your holiday. Or start your (fashion) work. With 250 rooms, the Grand Central at Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) is the largest hotel by the Amano Group, and it also has a roof terrace with the Skybar for quiet evenings. Right next-door: the new, up-and-coming neighbourhood Europacity.
Heidestrasse 62, www.amanogroup.de
Markthalle Neun Gastro-hype: street food. Markthalle Neun is considered a prime example of “eating differently” and “shopping differently”. It focuses on local value creation, transparency and trustworthiness. Its aim is to gradually bring small grocery stores and artisanal food production back to these premises that were once dominated by a discount store.
Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43, www.markthalleneun.de
Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers The coffee experts from Melbourne will win you over with their Australian delicacies. Hot or cold-brewed coffee, with organic or soy milk…or perhaps a freshly squeezed juice instead? Their menu ranges from avocado toast, sandwiches and salad to cakes and muesli.
Münzstrasse 21, www.facebook.com/fathercarpentercoffee
Lost in Grub Street A haven for drinking culture that beckons you to waste plenty of time there. Either with a relaxing quince and lavender cocktail or with a delightful cider punch with brandy, Madeira, lemon balm and cucumber. Sate your hunger with cured duck breast complete with the scent of firs as well as red cabbage mustard, celeriac and burnt walnut.
Jägerstrasse 34, www.lostingrubstreet.de
The Coven Enjoy not only good drinks but also great music in the shadow of Berlin Cathedral. The interior design has been kept dark, hence the name The Coven – which, for those not familiar with black magic, means a meeting of witches. Daylight is a rare visitor here.
Kleine Präsidentenstrasse 3, www.thecovenberlin.com
Tucholsky’s Tucholsky’s in Mitte serves classic German cuisine with modern flair. The “Very Old Fashioned” with Armenian cognac, pomegranate syrup, walnut bitters and lemon will be a delight for any cocktail fan. The interior is inviting – also with a classic-but-modern style – with its dark walls and colourful art. Come and relax awhile.
Torstrasse 189, www.tucholskys.de
Industry Standard Culinary roots in French and Mediterranean cuisine, combined with modern precision. That’s probably the best description of Industry Standard’s cuisine. The remarkable list of natural wines provides suitable accompaniments for everything, whether you go for the pork tongue on toast or bone marrow with samphire and North Sea shrimps.
Sonnenallee 83, www.industry-standard.de